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out at this event with americans who are already benefitting from the law. he's going to talk about the benefits they're getting, young people can stay on their parents' insurance, no more discrimination against people who have pre-existing conditions. now, on the other hand, the white house has had three years to make this case. so why is this any different? >> well, because now it's actually happening. and, you know, regular people are seeing the benefits of it. for years you've noticed the main thing that they would trot out was if you repeal health care, kids under 26 are going to get thrown off their parents' plans and republicans had a quick response to that. they'd say, well, okay, we'll keep that part of it and throw the rest of it out. but now the meat of the thing is actually getting implemented. more than 100,000 people last month, it's going to be more than that as it gets to the deadline and the website starts working. so actual people are getting actual health care, which means it's much harder for you to roll back this program. so it really puts republicans in a diffi
away from it. if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i'll do. >> in a speech next hour, the president will connect the push for health care to the battle over income and equality and stop by a white house youth summit later this afternoon because getting young people to sign up is, of course, crucial for obama care's success. let me bring in our company. richard wolf is the vice president and executive editor of msnbc.com. hen rick hertzburg, senior editor of "the new yorker." is this marketing campaign, pr push, whatever you want to call it, exactly what obama care needs or has this already been defined largely by the republicans and by the problems with the website? >> it's actually what health care reform has always needed, and the president has never really got his arms around. so if you look at the polling, it's easily distorted. people say all the time it's been really unpopular. in fact there's never been a clear majority on this question. through the years the numbers have stayed very fixed. people are really unsure what it repres
, but stronger labor laws, more funding for education and a social safety net. >> but the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own? that should offend all of us. the combined trends of increase and equality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the american dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe. >> susan page is the washington bureau chief for usa today. clarence page, no relation, pulitzer prize-winning columnist and it's the first time we've had the pages squared on my show. >> it's great to have both of you. the president ticked off the statistics to how a growing number of americans face the reality of lower, real wages and higher costs. the prospect of a next generation with fewer opportunities for economic advancements that all to me sounds like, susan, a lot of the rhetoric from his 2008 campaign. why this push now and why the prospects of change now? >> i think it dates back to the 2008 presidential campaign and these their is wha
with other family members for change to this country's laws. but so little has happened. obviously this has been a year of great loss for you, but also great frustration, mark? >> no. actually, i can't say frustration, chris. and i don't even think -- i don't like to think i'm fighting. i think we're trying -- i'd like to think i'm engaged in an effort and i'm approaching this with an open heart and mind to find real solutions and to work together with folks. >> where are those solutions, do you think? i mean, we had such high hopes last april. a background check bill supported by the president then failed. i know you must have seen this new poll. 49% of americans now support stricter laws. down from april and obviously from january just after the shooting. what do you think has happened? >> well, it's important to note, chris, that the umbrella figure of stricter laws is not specific to what we're talking about. i think most folks can agree on criminals and folks that are criminally insane shouldn't have firearms. and we're not about gun control, we're about gun safety. sandy hook promises
, it is the law of the land and it really bothers me that the republican party really wants this thing to fail. and i just don't think it's in anyone's interests for this whole thing to collapse in a heap. that's really a shame. >> interesting over the weekend, e.j., cardinal dolan was on "meet the press" and he said catholic bishops have been huge supporters of universal health care but obviously they didn't agree with the mandates for hospitals to cover birth control. let me play what he had to say yesterday. >> so that's where we began to worry and drawback and say mr. president, please, you're really kind of -- you're really kind of pushing aside some of your greatest supporters here. we want to be with you. we want to be strong. and if you keep doing this, we're not going to be able to be one of your cheerleaders and that sadly is what happened. >> e.j., you've written so much about this. did the president start losing people there? >> well, he did, and then he offered a compromise. he pulled back from his earlier position where i think the church and some people in the church like sister
a farm bill. i mean if a farm bill does not pass soon, it reverts to 9035 law, which increases milk prices. so you've got all these different things in play right now and congress should stay in town. they should absolutely not leave until we work this out. but there is a way to do it. >> so expand the discussion significantly beyond paul ryan and patty murray? >> well, for example, the savings in the agriculture bill by eliminating some of these excessive subsidies which have no good purpose could be used to help offset some of the things in the budget negotiation instead of trying to stick it to federal employees or stick it to other groups. you could use some of those savings. that's just one example of how these things are interrelated and how you can move forward. >> maryland congressman chris van hallen, thanks so much. it's good to see you. >> thank you, you too. >>> coming up, the life of a lawmaker. >> it is really an ordeal to be in public life sometimes. >> is winning elections worth the ordeal? and how do you fend off the attacks? we'll ask our strategists coming up. and
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